The RUS Service, developed and operated by a consortium led by CS Group, is a response to a Call made in 2016 by the European Commission that aimed to develop an online free-access platform to promote the uptake of Copernicus data and to support the scaling up of educational and R&D activities.

The RUS Service opened to the public in September 2017. After 3 years of operational activity, it has entered a new phase during which the emphasis will be put on individual or group training rather than personal projects.